NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It was a record-setting night for junior
Sylvia Fowles, who led LSU (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) to a 59-39 win over Tulane on
Sunday in a game marred by mistakes -- from poor shooting to
turnovers -- on both sides.
Fowles scored 21 points and with her three blocks set a school
record for career blocks.
LSU (5-0) had 15 turnovers, and coach Pokey Chatman said her
team was lucky Tulane (2-1) didn't capitalize.
"I tell them all the time: 'I don't want to be lucky. I want to
be solid,"' she said. "I want to be good."
LSU, which shot 35 percent from the field during the first half,
picked up its game in the second, shooting 54 percent. Tulane,
which also struggled in the first half but managed to keep the
score close, did worse in the second, shooting just 15 percent.
Ashley Langford, who led Tulane with 10 points, said her team
executed its game plan early on.
"I think in the second half, we got a little rattled by their
runs," Langford said.
LSU led 23-22 going into halftime, after a layup by LSU's
Fowles set the school record with her second block of the night
and 179th of her career. She broke the mark held by Julie Gross
Chaney finished with a career-high seven assists.